30 Chinese warplanes in Taiwan’s airspace

30 Chinese warplanes in Taiwan’s airspace

Thirty Chinese warplanes have entered Taiwan’s airspace. Taiwan has complained. This is the entry of China’s second largest fleet of warplanes this year. Taipei says 20 of the 30 warplanes in the fleet were fighter jets. News AFP

Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said late Monday that the country had flown its own warplanes to warn intruders. It also deploys missile defense systems to monitor China’s latest activities.

China has been sending large fleets of warplanes over Taiwan’s airspace in recent years to express its displeasure. In this way, Beijing is regularly putting pressure on Taipei’s old warplanes.

Autonomous Democratic Taiwan is living under the threat of continued Chinese aggression. Beijing considers the island its territory. China has also promised to unify Taiwan at some point. Beijing has been talking about using force if necessary.

The United States last week accused China of escalating tensions over the island. In particular, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called the infiltration of warplanes an example of “increasingly provocative language and actions.”

Earlier in the day, in response to a question during a visit to Japan, US President Joe Biden said the United States would defend Taiwan militarily if China attacked. His remarks signal a departure from a long-standing US policy on Taiwan. Whether or not to intervene, however, the White House has insisted that the policy of “strategic ambiguity” has not changed.

On Monday, the entry of Chinese warplanes into Taiwan’s airspace was the largest since January 23. On that day, 39 warplanes entered the Taiwan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ).

However, the way ADIZ Taiwan calculates is not usually the case. The airspace that Taiwan considers to be an ADIZ region includes a much larger portion of China’s own ADIZ. It even includes parts of mainland China.

An aviation map provided by Taiwan’s Defense Ministry shows warplanes crashing into the southwestern corner of the ADIZ before taking off.

According to the AFP database, Taiwan recorded 989 Chinese warplane incursions into the ADIZ last year. In 2020 this number was 360 times. So far this year, there have been 465 intrusions, about 50 percent more than in the same period last year.

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